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NHTSA — Electrical System: Alternator/Generator/Regulator Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 082015


  • 119,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue. While driving at any speed, the alternator emitted a loud noise and no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician confirmed that the alternator was malfunctioning and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 092003

(reported on)


  • miles
Headlights flicker on and off while driving. When the air conditioning is engaged, problem becomes worse. Consumer has taken vehicle to dealer 4 times for repairs. Dealer has diagnosed problem as a short term voltage drop within the electrical system and has even replaced the alternator, but was unable to correct issue.

- Sulphur, KY, USA

problem #2

Nov 222002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The headlights and interior lights would dim without any cause, intermittently. The manufacture has submitted a report about the "dim" failure. The dealership was not able to replicate failure, so no repair was performed.

- Westby, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 182001


  • miles
Headlights are very dim and look yellowish. Also, dealer replaced alternator, and all switches on dash get very hot. Consumer is afraid a fire may start.

- Villa Ridge, MO, USA

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